By Leonard Korir
Dilapidated roads and lack of vehicles have been blamed for crippling security operations in Trans Mara District. Despite the challenges, some Provincial Administration officers say they are making progress in the war against cattle rustling.
Trans Mara West DC Abdihakim Jubat said security agents have managed to kill top bandits commanders in the area. He said there are plans for a cross-border strategy involving security officers from Tanzania to stem the menace.
“We are working with Tanzania to set up a joint border security commission to oversee security between the two countries,” Mr Jubat says. A police constable admitted that fighting cattle rustling in the volatile border area is a big challenge.
Locals claim corruption among security officers and local administrators has also affected the war against cattle rustling. They accused some area chiefs of aiding cartels in the illegal trade by doctoring information relayed to the Government.
“There are chiefs who are under the payroll of some of these unscrupulous cattle traders,” said a border peace committee member, who sought anonymity. “Whenever raids are carried out in their areas of jurisdiction, they either fail to report to their bosses or give the wrong information.”
The official hopes devolution will end the menace, as county governments will have a better picture of what is going on. More....